Palo Alto, CA, June 21, 2017 — The Clement Palo Alto has announced the retirement of longtime Executive Chef Pierre Arce after 26 years and the hiring of new Executive Chef Mark Ayers.
Born in France and trained in Europe, Chef Arce was the Executive Chef of the Clement, Sheraton and Westin hotels and had been at the culinary helm in Palo Alto for more than two decades.
Ayers, who comes to The Clement after two years as Executive Sous Chef at Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel Valley, California, will also be the Executive Chef of Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel and The Westin Palo Alto.
Ayers comes to The Clement Palo Alto with strong credentials in the culinary field. Prior to Carmel Valley Ranch, he served as Corporate Executive Chef for Coastal Luxury Management in Monterey, which founded and produces the annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine event, as well as award-winning restaurants 1833, Cannery Row Brewing Company, Rose.Rabbit.Lie and Faith & Flower.
In 1992, Ayers graduated at the top of his class at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and was voted Most Likely to Succeed.
He was inducted into the Monterey chapter of Les Toques Blanches in 2011; is an active member of the Monterey County Hospitality Association; and was selected Star Chef of the Year by the Monterey Chapter of the American Culinary Federation in 2010.
Ayers' culinary career started as Chef Tournant in 1994 at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek, Colorado, where he also served as Chef de Cuisine and Executive Sous Chef through 2002.
He became Executive Chef at the award-winning Pacific's Edge restaurant at Hyatt Carmel Highlands in 2001 through 2010, and helped develop and open TusCA restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa.
Chef Ayers is also committed to supporting charitable causes, including Boy & Girls Club of Monterey County, Meals on Wheels, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Monterey County (CASA) and Elephants of Africa Rescue Society (EARS).
About The Clement Palo Alto
The Clement Palo Alto opened its doors March 2016 and is one of the most innovative, personalized and unique luxury hotels in the country.
With 23 spacious and richly appointed one-bedroom suites, The Clement Palo Alto sets a new standard for personalized luxury accommodations in a contemporary residential-style atmosphere.
While unparalleled service is key to any great luxury hotel, The Clement Palo Alto takes its impeccable service to another level with an all-inclusive concept, including personalized concierge services, breakfast, lunch and dinner in an on-premise location of the guest's choice.
All wine, beer and cocktails, in-room mini-refrigerator (stocked with the guest's favorites), and fully-stocked Guest Pantry available around the clock, are just a few of the amenities included in this all-inclusive experience.
In fact, The Clement Palo Alto is more than all-inclusive, it is all-exclusive, catering exclusively to the guest's personal tastes and desires.
The Clement Palo Alto is ideally located across from Stanford University and next to downtown Palo Alto, with its award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and upscale spas. It is just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and only 30 minutes north of San Jose, not only making it convenient, but easily accessible to the world-famous sights and myriad activities of both cities.
Overall, The Clement Palo Alto offers a unique, one-of-a-kind 6-star experience in the heart of Silicon Valley with unparalleled personal service, all-inclusive luxury and privacy in a warm, inviting and luxurious residential environment.
The Clement Palo Alto Hotel
711 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94301
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901